“I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern. My hopes indeed sometimes fail, but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy.” Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), 3rd President of the United States
Hope is defined in the Mirriam-Webster dictionary as “to desire with expectation of obtainment or to expect with confidence”. Hope is something that many Americans have because it is something that is bred into our consciousness. America is not Europe, or the Middle East, or any other country where a few elite leaders prosper at the expense of the rest of us. And for that reason alone we have been seen as a beacon of hope for so many. America is the one place in the entire world where you can become anything you wish; you can leave behind prejudices, castes, persecution, and oppression, and just be free. America is where the future is open, and you are not (yet) limited by what some deem to be your “fair share”. America is where you can use your God-given talents to prosper, or fail even, and then try again anew. It is America’s freedom that has made us who we are, why we have hope, why we give so freely of ourselves to the world. Americans have hope, and the world gravitates to it. The world’s people know that there is more to life than what they been allowed to have, and that makes the world’s elite envious.
Lately, I have seen men and women try to make this word their own, to use it to manipulate people for political or personal gain. As if one human can truly embody that word (only Jesus did that)! Hope cannot come from one human being, because human beings are imperfect. But when many join together of one mind, and give of themselves, willingly and freely, we all feel and experience hope. It cannot be argued against, nor can it be quenched, because hope just is. You can try to lie about it, persecute it, regulate it, and even legislate it. But just as you cannot create it, you cannot kill it. Americans instinctively know this- no matter what doom and gloom our leaders try to use to get us to react in fear. Freedom breeds hope, and hope in our future is what makes Americans fearless, and the world knows it.
I have seen a great awakening happening in America. Up until now, so many of us have become so busy with our lives, trusting our leaders too much, that we have forgotten the precious resource that is America. We are finally remembering that America is not only a place of hope for us to live in freedom, but a beacon to the rest of the world too. And, it is just so not for only those that strive to come here, but also for those that stay where they are. Seeing others that have freedom to live, worship, and prosper is quite a powerful thing, and can challenge a people to seek the same in their own country. Do not allow our leaders to steal that which was bought by the precious blood of our forefathers. Our politicians do not know what is good for us, they do not offer hope; only we the American people can do that.
So do you have hope? Do you believe that the future offers something more than what we see or what we are told? Do you believe that hope rests in your own heart and in your own hands, and that together with God’s help we can do great things? You, individually, can be the source of hope for another; you don’t need to wait for anyone else to do the job of blessing another for you. And please do not expect the government to do what you are supposed to do; the only return you will get for that will be less liberty and less prosperity. Do not sell out our hope for the shiny cheap baubles they offer. We can do far better for both ourselves and our neighbors than they ever will.
So, my dear Americans, go forth, and become the seed of hope for another.
“The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Where, some say, is the king of America? I’ll tell you, friend, He reigns above.” Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809), author of Common Sense